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Lovely place to hike

Gorgeous spot for family hiking. Be prepared to cross water on rocks and get a but wet. Pet... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ocala, Florida
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Beautiful falls and easy trail close to interstate

About 1.25 mi each way, this trail is on a somewhat rocky but even path. There's one significant... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amy K
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Catawba River Road, Old Fort, NC 28762
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous spot for family hiking. Be prepared to cross water on rocks and get a but wet. Pet friendly...kid friendly and fun!

Thank LPLoveToTravel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

About 1.25 mi each way, this trail is on a somewhat rocky but even path. There's one significant water crossing that older people or strollers etc. might have a bit of trouble managing. Otherwise it's a really pretty forested walk with lots of photo ops...More

Thank Amy K
Reviewed 2 October 2018

It's an easy walk from the trailhead to the base of the falls. The trailhead is easily accessible. The climb to the upper falls, though, is dangerous.

Thank Nomad46543
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

A lot are saying it’s an easy hike and a gradual grade but there are parts that are very rocky and need care in traversing. Once at the falls, there’s not a lot of room to maneuver, especially if it’s busy, but it’s an absolutely...More

Thank adamsmg
Reviewed 10 September 2018

About a 2 mile round trip, and an easy walk to a beautiful waterfall along the river, with lots of mini waterfalls along the way. A bridge or two along the path and the trail is long and wide. Perfect place for a stroll and...More

Thank R84W
Reviewed 5 September 2018

A reasonable hike for anyone able-bodies. Those with difficulty walking or requiring assistive devices should not do this hike. Surprisingly good catch and release wild trout throughout. Really enjoyed the hike, the view, and the fishing.

Thank davidk83
Reviewed 25 August 2018

As we are staying in Chesire, we saw that Catawba Falls was only a couple of I-40 exits away and we decided to drive up and give it a go. Getting there off I-40 is a little funky, you have to pay immediate attention to...More

Thank Terry L
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

The trail to Catawba Falls is an easy climb with a slight grade so it’s suitable for almost anyone. You’re rewarded with a great view of the Falls, but don’t expect anything spectacular :)

Thank LPBfromAsheville
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

This hike was about 3 miles round trip and we completed it in a little over an hour with some time at the top of the falls to hang out, take it all in, get some pictures and do some people watching. We hiked in....More

Thank Avdeywa
Reviewed 12 August 2018

We stopped on our way from Asheville to Charlotte and it made for a perfect morning break. The hike to the falls is well marked and takes about 45 minutes each way. The falls are tall and multi-tiered, well worth the hike.

Thank Ricky474747
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Sarah M
18 October 2018|
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Response from davidk83 | Reviewed this property |
Some might be but the closer you get to the falls it would be tough as it’s rocky but if you brought a hiking or sling pack you’d be fine. It’s not tough to traverse just rocky.
Linda H
18 July 2017|
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Response from brandyrn | Reviewed this property |
Excuse me, not swim swim, but you can play in some of the water areas. I plan to get in water....even if it's just sitting or my legs.
17 June 2017|
Response from Laura C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a parking lot and directional signage and info about the trail (and bathrooms). Dogs are allowed on a leash and it is easy enough for a dog to walk it.